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Two Artists Who are Understanding the Present Nature of Salvation

August 19, 2010

I heard Phil Whickham’s “Messiah” on Pandora the other day, and I was struck by the words to the song.  The chorus is a simple, “Messiah, Messiah, Save us.”  Largely due to the Reformation teaching on Justification by Faith (which I believe in), modern Evangelicals have emphasized the one time experience of being saved.  In other words, if you say the “Sinner’s Prayer” you are saved.  But Whickham’s song takes seriously that every moment we exist on this earth, we need the salvation of God working in us.

No disrespect to the Reformers, but Christianity has always expressed the past, present, and future state of salvation.  While it is true that as Christians we have had a moment where we gave our live to Christ and he saved us, it is no less true–but often overlooked–that we are still in the process of being saved.  We are still asking God to save us, to finish his work, to make us complete.  This is good news!  Mainly because, as Wickham’s song indicates, this requires a constant reliance of God for his mercy and grace to sustain us:

Another group that has recently expressed this same beautiful idea is Gungor in the song “Dry Bones”.  Their lyrics express what Christ has done, but beseeches Christ to continue to do it:  “Jesus, you’re the one who saves us, constantly creates us into something new.  Jesus, surely you will find us, surely the Messiah, will make all things new”:

I’m glad we are waking up as a people to the need to constantly ask God to save us now, and now, and now.  This is not meant to invoke fear of losing such a salvation–God’s grace is not that minuscule.  However, if we rely on a prayer we said ten years ago, we lose sight that each and every moment, our lives are to be invaded by the beauty of the life of God.  Jesus wants to save you and give you a new heart now.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 1:08

    Wow, good stuff. Love that Phil song, never heard the Gungor song until now. Like it. You know, I was reminded of “hosanna” as I read this.. present tense, Hebrew word… save now. A cry of salvation, yet word of praise at the same time. Great thoughts.

    (PS: just sent you an email a bit ago!)

    • jonathangroover permalink*
      August 19, 2010 4:19


      Gungor is outstanding. The whole album “Beautiful Things” is great. I didn’t even think to relate Hosanna with present salvation. Awesome thought! 🙂

  2. Shaela permalink
    August 19, 2010 1:44

    Groover, thanks for the thoughts and insight. I was just thinking about this last night and was thinking to myself that I should look at your blog! How crazy is that?! 🙂

    Kap kun mak ka!!

    • jonathangroover permalink*
      August 19, 2010 4:21

      Shaela! It’s great to hear from you!! And yes, that is crazy but very cool! Thanks for taking the time to read. I hope your life back in the States is treating you well. I’m going to spend a week with Matt pretty soon, so I’m looking forward to that. Come back from time to time. 🙂

  3. August 25, 2010 10:04

    Such insight! And wonderful taste in music. Thanks for turning me on to these guys, man!

    • jonathangroover permalink*
      August 31, 2010 9:07

      Thanks Chris. 🙂 Now I need to borrow YOUR new Phil Whickham cd!!

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